COOPERSTOWN, NJ. – It's something that has come to mind in recent months, but never more than on Sunday.
How would Roy Halladay have felt about joining the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, which he posthumously joined alongside Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and Lee Smith? in the last months, but never more than on Sunday.
How would Roy Halladay have felt about joining the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which he posthumously joined with Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, and Harold Baines? What would he have said? However, after Halladay's death in November 2017 when his private plane plummeted into the Gulf of Mexico, Hallay's wife Brandy delivered speech to tens of thousands of baseball fans in front of the Clark Sports Center, just a short walk from Halladay's plaque in the Hall of Fame and Museum ,
"This is not my speech," Brandy Halladay told the crowd. "I will do my best to say the things that I believe Roy would have said or wanted to say if he had been here today, and the thank-you could and should continue for days, considering the implications so many people had Roy's career. "
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It was an emotional speech, as Brandy said she had planned for months and tried to remember the thoughts when she was showering, in the car or wherever she was.
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"It was harder to put into words because I think about it all the time," she said afterward, "Be sincere and sincere and represent him in a way that I believe he would have appreciated."
– Baseball Hall ⚾ (@baseballhall) July 21] A tribute video was played before Brandy climbed to the podium. Hallay's best friend, former Blue Jays teammate Chris Carpenter, shared some of his favorite stories on and off the pitch. Halladay's best career highlights. Brandy wiped his tears away.
Then she got up, posing with her husband's badge and stepping on the podium.
"I knew I would cry sometime," she said.
She recovered quickly. Brandy said in her speech and later that she felt the support of the Hall of Fame players behind her.
"The amount of support we've received over the last six months and the friends we've won is absolutely amazing," she said. "Thanks to Harold, Lee, Mariano, Mike and Edgar, who shared the stage with me. Special thanks go to all those men behind me that I can not look at because I'm going to cry again. All your families have brought so much love and friendship to me and my children. I am so grateful.
"Anyone who thinks baseball really is not a family has never been involved in baseball." I know how much Roy feels honored to be sitting here today with such accomplished men who have played this game so well throughout all of your careers.
Halladay's baseball story is unbelievable. In 1995 he was a draft tip in the first round and threw in 1998 in his second major league a no-hitter. In 2000 he scored an ERA of 10.64 with the Blue Jays in 67 2/3 innings. This is the record for the highest single-season ERA in baseball history (at least 50 innings). Toronto sent Halladay to Class A Advanced Dunedin to open the '01 season and work on his mechanics and self-confidence.
Such things will not happen to future Hall of Fame pitchers. Such things happen to journeymen. Such things happen at busts of the first round. But Halladay changed his mechanics, wired his brain, and developed an unrivaled work ethic to become one of the biggest pitchers in baseball history. He won two Cy Young Awards, threw the 20th perfect game in baseball history, and posted the second no-hitter in post-season history on his first career appearance in the playoffs.
Halladay went from 203 to 105 in his 16-year career. He spent his first 12 seasons with the Blue Jays, playing regularly in some of the best baseball formations of the American League East and his last four with the Phillies, where he eventually became set up in the postseason. Halladay threw 67 complete games in his career. No team has thrown more than 37 since Halladay retired in 2013.
They do not make as many as Halladay. Brandy thanked the Boy Scouts, coaches, business leaders, mentors, teammates, family members, friends, and fans for their husband's support.
"Roy's natural talent was obviously a big part of it, but without everyone's unconditional continued support, it would never have been the goal to be the best ballplayer he could be," she said. "I say it a lot, but it takes a village, and we really have a great one."
Halladay had his struggles. He wondered if he would ever be good enough to move up to the big leagues after the 2000 season and his downgrading to the A-ball. He tried hard to please the people. He did not want to fail. But then he found and developed a close relationship with the late sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman. Together they have made Halladay a great baseball player and a better person.
"He was a great coach, a nervous husband and father just because he wanted to be as great and successful at home as he was in baseball." Brandy said. "I think Roy wants everyone to know that people are not perfect, we're all imperfect or flawed in one way or another, we all fight, but with hard work, humility, and dedication, imperfect people can still have perfect moments Roy was blessed in his life and career to have some perfect moments, but I think they were only possible because he was trying to be the teammate he was with and the people he was with I'm so humbled to congratulate this year's Hall of Fame candidate and to thank them all for Roy's name. "
Todd Zolecki has been reporting on the Phillies since 2003 and since 2009 on MLB.com Twitter and Facebook.